Here’s a Quick Guide on the New Voting Procedures for this November’s General Election

Many voting procedures have changed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are voting in person or by mail-in ballot, here’s a Q&A on voting in this year’s general election taking place on Tuesday, November 3. 

  1. Am I registered to vote?
  2. You can register to vote or confirm your voter information online. In Illinois, the voter registration period for the 2020 General Election closes on October 18 at 11:59 p.m.
  3. Can I vote in person before Election Day?
  4. Please check with your county clerk’s office on early voting dates and locations. Early voting ends November 2.

    Request a mail-in ballot

    You can also vote by mail. Request a mail-in ballot by the October 29 deadline.


    Voters will receive a ballot at their registered address, or the mailing address requested by the voter. The mail-in ballot must be completed and returned no later than Election Day. Some early voting locations are also offering secure drop boxes where voters can deliver their ballots.  

  5. Who are the candidates in my area?
  6. To find out the candidates who will be appearing on your ballot, click here.
  7. How can I vote on Election Day?
  8. Traditional voting polls will open at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Find your polling place here. Please be sure to wear a mask!

For more information on the 2020 General Election, please visit the website of your local county clerk or the Illinois State Board of Elections

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